The Health Benefits of Gardening

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Filed Under: Exercise, General Health
Last Reviewed 06/24/2014

GardeningIf you’re a gardener, you already know what great exercise gardening can be. Moreover, there are very specific health benefits of gardening, especially as you age!


Scientists from Kansas State University studied a number of health markers in both gardeners and non-gardeners, such as physical fitness level, hand strength, bone mineral density, and emotional well-being. They found that the health benefits of gardening not only provided a decent amount of physical activity, but also improved hand strength and sense of well-being.


The increase in hand strength is a given—just think about all of that digging, pruning, and watering. And the boost in mood makes perfect sense. Nurturing living things requires regular attention and plenty of TLC. Another health benefit of gardening: It's a great way to soak up sunshine, which is essential for vitamin D production.


So, take advantage of all these health benefits of gardening...dust off those trowels, pull out those gloves, and head outside and get to work. Just be sure to cover up with loose-fitting long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat after you get your 20-30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure.

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